Benefits of Applied Learning

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At Empire College School of Law, a variety of applied learning experiences are available, including internships/externships and service learning. Each of the opportunities involve “learning by doing,” have learning objectives relevant to academic or career pursuits, and build real-world skills.

Applied learning integrates classroom learning with real-world situations. Participating in applied learning opportunities helps you:

  • Translate classroom knowledge to real-world situations
  • Develop a deeper understanding of course materials
  • Gain real-world skills that are valued by potential employers
  • Build a network

INTERNSHIPS/EXTERNSHIPS: The job market is constantly changing with new technologies, procedures, and methods. Applied learning provides students in all disciplines the opportunity to engage in a hands-on, experiential learning environment with industry professionals. Empire College School of Law partners with local employers for internships and externships through which students gain practical application of the skills they acquired in the classroom and continue to expand their levels of competency. Faculty advisors coordinate all internships/externships for students during their last quarter of studies.

SERVICE LEARNING: Defined as a form of experiential learning in which students combine classroom experience with community-based service, Empire College’s School of Law service learning program benefits a wide spectrum of the local community.  In addition to the commitment of human resources through services ranging from health screenings to income tax preparation to legal advice, Empire’s community outreach involves raising thousands of dollars and donating facility space to local nonprofits. Each of Empire’s academic programs is designed to hone students’ skill sets through project-based learning as well as to foster volunteerism and the importance of community involvement. 


Diane Aqui, Esq.

(Class of 2001)
Empire College gave me the opportunity to earn a Juris Doctorate while still working full time in my “first” career as an engineer. The professors are all practicing attorneys and judges and it is clear that they love what they do---guiding, teaching and mentoring a new group of potential lawyers, who one day will be their peers and practice alongside them in the legal community. I think one of my favorite cases since I graduated in 2001 was against a former Empire professor and I walked away with a win!

Andrew Conway, Esq.

(Class of 2014)
I decided to go to law school after interning for the Diversion program for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office while I was in college. Empire provided me with friends who became colleagues, and Professors who became the Judges I appear in front of today. I have always wanted to work with the law and youth and I now manage a Dependency contract for Mendocino County, which has become my dream career as I get to do the exact job I wanted when I decided to go to law school. I definitely have my dream job thanks to Empire and their exceptional professors.

James V. Sansone, Esq.

(Class of 2006)
I picked Empire College because I had to juggle between family obligations and a fulltime job. Empire was the only option that allowed me to effectively manage my work and family obligations and still pursue a law degree. Thanks to Empire, I was able to pass the bar exam on my first try and begin a new, exciting, and lucrative legal career that I love.